Plant, soil microorganisms and carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems

We study and analyze the interactions between plant communities, below-ground microorganisms and soil properties (especially the ability of the soil to sequestrate carbon) in natural forest stands and stands influenced by human activity (different management regimes, land use changes). This research is necessary for a realistic assessment of the potential of forest soils for carbon sequestration, soil and plant protection, forest management planning and land-use management.


– quantifying the influence of tree stand (spatial and species structure, production and history) on forest understory and soil properties

– determination of the spatial variability of soil characteristics in particular horizons, with emphasis on biomass, activity and structure of the functional and genomic groups of soil microbial community and on the amount of organic matter in forest soils

– assessment of the functional role of bacterial and fungal communities in organic carbon regulation (sequestration) and stabilization

– evaluation of the potential role of microbial community in the resilience of ecosystems to environmental and anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. forest management, land use, climate change)


GÖMÖRYOVÁ, E., UJHÁZY, K., MARTINÁK M., GÖMÖRY, D., 2013: Soil microbial community response to variation in vegetation and abiotic environment in a temperate old-growth forest. Applied Soil Ecology, 68: 10-19.

GÖMÖRYOVÁ, E., STŘELCOVÁ K., ŠKVARENINA J., GÖMÖRY D., 2013: Responses of soil microorganisms and water content in forest floor horizons to environmental factors. European Journal of Soil Biology, 55: 71-76.

PICHLER V., GÖMÖRYOVÁ, E., HOMOLÁK M., PICHLEROVÁ M., SKIERUCHA W., 2013: Coarse woody debris of Fagus sylvatica produced a quantitative organic carbon imprint in an andic soil. Journal of Forest Research, 18: 440-444.


prof. Dr. Ing. Viliam Pichler
doc. Ing. Erika Gömöryová, CSc.
doc. RNDr. Juraj Bebej, CSc.
Ing. Marián Homolák, PhD.
Ing. Richard Gere


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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erika Gömöryová,

Department of Natural Environment

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